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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2005 03:23:51 PM »

i'm pretty sure they're drilled right through.  Undecided

thanks for the info on polymer clay, i'll have to check it out next time i go to joanns!!

If they are, just roll a ball of conditioned clay, poke almost all the way through with something pointy (toothpick?) so that there is a bump on the other side, then take the pick out and poke it through the other way.  Helps the bead have a nice, clean hole.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.  I'd be glad to help.
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2005 03:27:34 PM »

Look for kids type bracelets or necklaces, they usually have these types of beads in them. Also those beading kits they sell at toy stores.
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2005 04:35:48 PM »

Those beads look like just ordinary plastic beads (spheres) with a hole drilled from one side to the other for stringing.  You said you wanted more sizes and colors though, and that's why you were having trouble finding them?  Those simple plain ones should be available in kids' jewelry or kits, as mentioned, and if you're anywhere near where Mardi Gras is celebrated  Grin ... if you don't want to look around too much for the exact sizes and colors you need, you'd probably be better off mailing ordering them from a craft supplier or maybe from Oriental Trading, or making them from polymer clay. 

You might not want to make them from polymer clay though if you need to make a huge number ...just too much trouble.  If you do though, you can buy colored polymer clays, or you can buy white bulk Sculpey then color it with oil paints (or acrylic paints if you don't use much).  All polymer clays can be mixed together to make different colors too.

If you need a shiny surface on the beads, you'll need to put a clear finish on them though (sanding and buffing which will also do that is too much trouble for lots of small round beads, unless you use a tumbler).  The simplest way to do that would be to use Future or Mop 'N Glo (acrylic floor finish, from Walmart, etc., or grocery store).

I suspect that you want too many beads for polymer clay to be practical, but if you needed to make a certain size or color, you could use clay for that.  There are lots of instructions for making round beads by hand or with "bead rollers" on the main Beads page I linked to in my previous post. 

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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2005 06:20:38 PM »

thanks to everyone who replied!!! I think i'll do one of two things: 1)learn (thanks to Diane B.) how to make polymer beads. the only problem with this is if i decide i'm going to need a lot of them, it would be very time consuming to make sooooo many. 2) i'm going to check Oriental Trading and also check out the kids beading section of Joanns and Micheal's and hopefully find something that works!! Again thanks to everyone, and if someone just happens to be searching the web and sees something, please let me know!
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2005 09:30:15 AM »

You should defintely make at least a few polymer beads just because it's fun  Grin.  If you decide to do that, and want to color them or put a shine on them, here are a few other pages at my site that deal with those issues (as well as the bead pages mentioned below):

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm (Future would be easiest)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm (to add color with paints, inks)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm (to create new colors from colored clays)


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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2005 06:03:21 PM »

Wow, amazing stuff you have Diane Shocked ...I was looking through that color section on how to make new colors from colored clays! I can't imagine how long it must have taken to write all that stuff; you must have a real passion for polymer. Anyways, I think I'm going to try to find plastic beads for myself but I will totally totally totally try out some polymer stuff (it looks like so much fun...plus I bet you can make a lot of stuff with that clay) and will definetly use your website for reference!
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2005 09:23:21 AM »

Hey, I KNOW you'll have fun with the clay  Grin

I can't imagine how long it must have taken to write all that stuff . .

Well, I can't take credit for writing all of it!  Most of the 1700 pages of info at my site comes from comments made by other clayers in the online polymer clay groups since 1995.  I did "gather" it all though, so will take credit there  Wink  (I've also written a number of the posts, or just my ideas, and have been working on adding summarizations of the topics --though got a long way to go on ever finishing that!  Shocked)




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